Spring is a time of renewal and renovation for millions of households across the United States. This can range from simple spring cleaning to total demolition and renovation.
A popular option around this time of year is to rip out old carpet that is either past its prime or beyond repair. We understand that not all carpet can rescued, but have you considered what happens to a carpet once it leaves your home?
Carpet Waste: A Huge Problem
Can you take a guess at how much carpet ended up in landfills across the United States in 2013? A million pounds? Five million pounds? Nope, not even close my friends. A mind blowing 3.7 BILLION pounds of discarded carpet ended up in landfills in 2013 alone!
This is a huge environmental problem that pardon the pun is “swept under the rug” each year. Most people think that throwing away carpet is harmless and that it doesn’t affect anyone. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Did you know that carpets made out of synthetic fiber can take 30-40 years to break down completely? When you combine this fact with the massive amounts of carpeting that is thrown away each year, you can start to realize how big of a deal this is.
We are not trying to deter you from replacing your carpet if you need to, we just want to help inform our customers about this problem and how you can help.
Carpet Recycling: Good For The Environment, Businesses, and Consumers
Everyone benefits when carpets are recycled instead of being tossed into the landfill. Our environment benefits because it saves our scarce natural resources, it keeps our air cleaner and it keeps potential harmful chemicals out of the ground.
According to a study by Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) the primary non-profit organization charged with advancing market-based solutions for carpet recycling and landfill diversion, their 2013 campaign to divert carpet from landfills achieved the equivalent to:
● taking 40,822 cars off the road
● saving enough energy to power 17,692 homes for the year
These are encouraging numbers that we hope will continue to increase as awareness grows.
Businesses and consumers benefit from recycling carpet because carpet can be turned into other consumer goods that businesses and consumers use on a regular basis.
In the United States, the majority of carpets are made from Nylon 6, Nylon 6.6, Polypropylene (PP) and Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET).
Recycled carpet can be made into roof shingles, composite lumber, plastic resin and automotive parts for example.
Would you believe me if I told you that old carpet can be turned into a bike for a child? Sounds weird, right? It’s true, check it out here!
Phoenix Carpet Repair & Cleaning: We Help Keep Your Carpet Out Of The Landfill
As a carpet cleaning and repair company, we believe it down to our core that it is better to repair your carpet than to replace it. We want to help you keep your carpet looking great as long as possible.
We offer a wide array of cleaning and repair services to fit your needs and your budget!
This is just a small sample of the services that we provide! We can fix any problem that you have! We can even fix your tile!
All you have to do is give us a call at 602-688-4186 for a no hassle free estimate! You can also book your appointment online with us today by clicking on the giant orange button! Don’t worry its very easy to use, I promise.
Thank you for choosing Phoenix Carpet Repair & Cleaning for all of your carpet cleaning and repair needs! We look forward to serving you soon!
We serve the following areas: Goodyear, Peoria, Phoenix, and Litchfield Park!
If you need to get rid of your carpet here is a link to a few carpet recyclers in the Phoenix area. Thanks for helping to keep carpets out of landfills!!
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